Church News

Canned & Boxed Food Drive
Each year the Ministerial Alliance shares food and children’s gifts with financially strapped families in Carrollton.  We have an opportunity to help by collecting canned food the next two Sundays, December 2 & 9.  Simply bring non-perishable food to church when you come to worship (or any other day).  We will have a tub in the hallway by the church office and another one at the front door of the sanctuary.  Your generosity will remind a local family this Christmas that God cares about them.

 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service  (Nursery available)
Begin Christmas with Christ.  Bring your family and out-of-town guests to a worship service that always touches our hearts in a special and powerful way.  On December 24 we will gather at 7:00 p.m. to hear the incredibly moving story of Jesus' birth as it is told in Holy Scripture.

Order Your Poinsettias
Order a poinsettia for the sanctuary and offer it in memory or in honor of a loved one.  We will list their name in the Sunday morning bulletin insert the Sunday before Christmas so that others may remember your loved one, too.  You may order a poinsettia by filling out the order form in your Sunday worship bulletin and placing it in the offering plate.  Or simply call the church office (542-0277).  Once again, poinsettias are $12.00 apiece.  Make your check out to the church and write "Poinsettia" in the memo line. You may take your plant home after the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  All orders need to be placed and paid for by Sunday, December 9.

Youth Group Christmas Party
Our Youth Group is looking forward to Wednesday, December 12. That's the night of our annual Christmas Party. The group voted to exchange "Secret Santa" gifts this year with a spending limit of $10. We'll play some games that night. But, we will also remember what Christmas is really all about. We'll start at our regular time of 6:30 p.m., but we'll stay together until 8:00 p.m. (a half hour longer than usual).

Youth Group Bowling Party
The Youth Group is going bowling in Chillicothe on Sunday, December 16 (weather permitting).  We’ll leave the church after the worship service as soon as Anselm gets his robe off!  We ask you to bring money for any snacks you might want at the bowling alley.  Susan is going to cover the cost of renting two lanes and everyone’s shoes.  We’ll eat at a Mexican Restaurant after bowling.  Anselm will pick up the tab for the meal.  All we need is an adult driver or two to help transport us.

2019 Altar Flowers
The new 2019 calendar year will be starting soon and it presents new opportunities to donate altar flowers for our sanctuary.  One set of flowers is generally used for two-consecutive weeks.  If you would like to donate flowers, please sign up on the “flower calendar” that is located on the bulletin board outside of the church office, or call the church office (542-0277) and our church secretary, Susan, will be glad to assist you in signing up.

Snow Cancellations
Hopefully, we will not need to cancel worship or Sunday School this winter due to snow.  We will only cancel events as a last resort and when it becomes unsafe to get to church.  However, when it is necessary to cancel worship we will take several steps to get the word out.  First, it will be posted on the church website (www.crltn-umc.org).  Look for the cancellation icon at the bottom of the homepage.  Second, it will be announced on the local radio station.  Plus, an email will also be sent to regular attendees for whom we have an e-mail address.

Yippie!  We Did It Again!
Earlier this month we paid off all our 2018 Conference Apportionments AND all our District Apportionments.  And we did it more than two and a half months ahead of time!  Way to go everyone!

Soul Food - Volunteers Needed
Years ago our church began a ministry of taking warm home cooked meals to those in need.  We call it “Soul Food.”  In recent years, other local churches have joined our effort.  Soul Food always begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving and runs until Palm Sunday.  With five other churches participating in the Soul Food ministry this year, our congregation will be serving on five separate Sundays.  Sign-up sheets will be available on our bulletin inserts the next few weeks.  There is also a sign-up chart on the bulletin board outside the church office.  We need cooks and delivery drivers each week.  Though our Youth Group is cooking on St. Patrick’s Day, we will still need (adult) drivers that day.  Susan Finlayson is the Soul Food coordinator.  Learn more about Soul Food right here.

Soul Food - Special Offering
We recently took a special offering for our Soul Food ministry.  Thanks to everyone for their generous support.  To date we have received $857 to help us provide warm meals to needy families in our community.  This money will be used to purchase food and packaging supplies for the Sundays our church will be preparing and delivering food.

Rehearsals for Children's Christmas Program Have Begun
This year's Christmas Musical is entitled “The Inn Crowd” and we hope to have many young singers and actors to help tell this special story!  Musical director Chris Sweeney is currently conducting rehearsals on Sunday afternoons.  See the complete rehearsal schedule.  The children will perform their Christmas program for the church family on Sunday, December 9, at 1:00 p.m.

Church Family Christmas Dinner
One of the nicest parts of the Christmas Season is the gathering of our church family for a joyful fellowship meal in the Fellowship Hall.  Realizing many in our congregation are anxious to see the children's Christmas Musical, we have in recent years enjoyed this much anticipated fellowship meal right after the worship service on the Sunday when the children perform.  So, we will come together for a bit of Christmas camaraderie and a delicious meal on Sunday, December 9.  We'll also have an opportunity to sing a few favorite Christmas songs right after we eat.

 
 
New Steeple Topper
What a beautiful sight!  Our steeple now has a new look.  Read all about it:  Who made it?   How big is it?  What does the symbol mean?  And why did we start this project in the first place?  We will soon be posting pictures of the cross & flame being mounted high at the top of our steeple.

Upper Room Magazines
The November-December 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

 
Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Save-A-Label
Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]